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*A WHOLE NOTHER THING:
A selection of words from my vast vocabulary, including the ubiquitous "the," the always versatile "and," and the more obscure "incontrovertible," arranged in frequently meaningful, sometimes profound, yet often pedestrian sentences and statements, designed with one goal in mind-- that being, to communicate; keeping in mind the oft-used bromide, "Never use two words when one will do the same job as two or more words would have done, unless you just want to take up space and sound important," which is, I must concede, too often a secret objective of mine indeed. And yet, now, the secret is out.




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Friday, August 22, 2008

On the eve of Obama's Veep announcement

Let it be known here and now that I believe that the media are willingly playing dumb by barely mentioning Hillary as a possible VP running mate for Obama. He's supposed to announce his choice sometime tomorrow, and the media are only running stories about possible running mates other than Hillary, when we all know it will be her.

But if they act surprised tomorrow, then the "wow" factor is even greater-- something the media wants.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Finally found some others who agree with me

Seems there are others out there who agree with me that the NBC "Live" coverage of the Olympics is something less than honest.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/idiotbox/2008/08/when_is_live_actually_dead_and.html

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3id0839a35f93f4784a6d6fef182f43a3e

Not to mention the fancy GCI effects that were used in the Opening Ceremonies, and the less-than-forthcoming explanation by Costas and Lauer regarding them. I remember them saying what they said during the ceremony, but I never got the impression that some of the "fireworks" weren't actually fireworks.

But the "Live" issue is the big one to me. NBC says it's enough to put a time stamp on the screen twice an hour (and that time stamp doesn't really explain anything unless you're sitting there doing the math while you are watching) while leaving the word "LIVE" up on the screen the other 59 minutes of the hour. Why can't they just remove the "LIVE"? At the least, they should supplant it with "Recorded Earlier" for the duration that "LIVE" is up there.

Like the articles linked-to above say, it really does make it seem more exciting if you think you are watching something live...


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Monday, August 18, 2008

Take a look at my pix

I've started a pictorial blog. Click on the title of this post and you'll be there.


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Monday, August 11, 2008

The not "Live" Olympics

I have lodged the following complaint with the FCC:

NBC and it's affiliate, KGW TV in Portland OR, claim falsely that they are broadcasting the Olympics "Live." However, there is no live broadcast of the Olympics on the West Coast. They advertise and promote that "LIVE" coverage will be seen at "8PM/7 Central." This is not possible, because when it is 7 o'clock Central TIme it is 5 o'clock Pacific time. Thus, this claim that the broadcast will be "LIVE" is false and deceptive. It is not possible to broadcast something "LIVE" at both 7 PM Central time and 8 PM Pacific time.

Further, when Bob Costas says he is speaking "LIVE," no effort by the network or KGW is made to correct this false claim by super-imposing a notice, such as "Recorded Earlier."


I also sent an email to KGW but have not received a response yet.

Maybe since China has only one time zone, NBC thinks that's the case now for the USA? Bob Costas has said more than once something like "It's 7AM here in Beijing, so that means it's 7 PM on the East Coast, and we're live." Then I look at my watch, which is on my wrist, which is on the West Coast, and it says "7PM." Hmmm... how can it be 7PM in New York and 7 PM on the West Coast? I love it when Costas says that Michael Phelps will be swimming in an hour or so (and they're going to broadcast it LIVE) and then I look on the Internet and already see the results of the race. That's SOME Live coverage!

It's bad enough that we have no live coverage of the Olympics, but the fact that they falsely claim that it IS live is unacceptable. I hope they get fined.

Here's a picture I took of my TV screen tonight. It says "LIVE" but, no, it's not. This happened 3 hours ago.


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